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Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,875 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,875
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 69
Gots: 99 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A robustly bitter strong Belgian pale ale.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2001)
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Michael_d_Thompson

South Dakota

5/5  rDev +22.9%

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California

5/5  rDev +22.9%

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brett_arneson

Colorado

5/5  rDev +22.9%

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Tennessee

5/5  rDev +22.9%

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kayrex

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-29-2011 22:37:23 | More by kayrex
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baos

Indiana

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz into Falstaff goblet.

I had this one in 1996 in Amsterdam, this is the first time I've had it since. I remember it being ultra potent on top of my buzziness.

A: Light golden amber with a bit of haze with a two finger head that goes down to a half finger that sticks around. Very good looking on a beer thats this boozy.

S: Clove, candy sugar, and yes pink bubble gum again, and honey liqueur.

T: I'll go out on a limb here and say this tastes like pumpkin pie liqueur. You got your clove and your sugar and a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg and then you have that honey liqueur. I guess its not as dark as pumpkin pie. How about light pumpkin pie liqueur?! Yes.

D: As this mama warms she gets good good good. I improved the marks above a couple of times, because of this. Very strong yes but like I've said before men drink strong brews and men would be just fine with a jar of this in front of all of ye night. Definitely wear this! It fits so nicely. She will fit you like two latex mittens. YES!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 04:21:55 | More by baos
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DrumKid003

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +22.9%

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abeldiaz

Washington

5/5  rDev +22.9%

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darkhorseT

Maryland

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-21-2011 17:35:36 | More by darkhorseT
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-14-2011 18:29:53 | More by Jspriest
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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +22.9%

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Matvei

Russian Federation

5/5  rDev +22.9%

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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-23-2011 02:28:18 | More by PEIhop
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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.9%

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vince4953529

California

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-15-2011 04:20:35 | More by vince4953529
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adrian21

Virginia

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-15-2011 05:46:48 | More by adrian21
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BeerArchivist

California

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-18-2011 05:20:43 | More by BeerArchivist
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.9%

05-10-2012 20:27:27 | More by JeffTheJuice
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dhall18

Missouri

5/5  rDev +22.9%

02-11-2012 17:52:03 | More by dhall18
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Revvy

Michigan

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Piraat Ale (billed on the website as an amber triple IPA, 10.5% ABV)

Appearance - Another huge thick head poured from this bottle, this time getting three quarters into the glass before the head reached the lip of the snifter. Meringue like it seemed to be made up of a mixture of large and small bubbles.

The beer itself is a hazy gold in color resembling golden apricots.

There is a hint of lacing left on the glass after the foam falls (took over 5 minute) and a nice, small, creamy head on the surface.

Aroma - Cold the beer has the barest hint of apple as did the previous two brouwerij Van Seenberge Beers. There is also a hint of apricot.

Upon warming slightly, the nose picks up a trace of alcohol.

No hop aroma in evidence, cold or warm/

Mouthfeel - This is another one of those effervescence balance with silky mouth and tongue coating beers, though this time it leans to towards silky, like a hot toddy made with honey, whiskey and warm water.

There is also a noticeable alcohol "bite" on the tip of the tongue, as well as a bit of a burn as it goes down the throat, similar to any number of liguors, such as brandy, especially as it warmed significantly.

Taste - There is absolutely none of the "hints of sourness" as with the previous 2 beers. The flavor is apricot, apple, and honey, with a ginger "burn" which may simply be from the alcohol and not the spice.

It is noticeably sweeter than the previous too, but not cloyingly so.

As it warms, more of the apple tartness comes through. At it's warmist there is a strong alcohol bite on the tongue and lips as well as a highly pronounce hoppiness, although the hop is not identifiable to me.

Overall - This is exquisite. This is one of the best commercial beers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking, let alone the best of the 3 sampled. I have not had too many versions of the Triple style....I believe I have had 2-3 other commercial versions, one amazing one from a local microbrewery and an excellent one from one of my brew bodies. And except perhaps for the one from the microbrewery (Dragonmeade) this surpasses them all.

But is this a Triple or is it an IPA/Triple hybrid? Perhaps it shouldn't be judged in comparison to those that are truer to style.

The history of this beer is that it is very similar to that brewed to keep on the long voyage as a food suplement for the Flemish freebooters on long voyages.

Letting it warm to it's fullest lifts it fully out of the category of "mere" beer and places it squarely alongside brandy as an after dinner aperitif, along side a good cigar...This could go head to head against any of the 4 Calvado's types, even the 6 year old Hors d'Age...I wonder how this would cellar.

This is what you bring out to seduce a lovely stranger over a game of chess in front of a roaring fire.

Grade A+

I have been considering brewing a triple for some time now...but after tasting this I think I would love to brew a clone of this, if soley to have this on hand. (and hopefully for much cheaper than 2 cases of this would cost, considering that at where I bought this set, a single 330 ml bottle retails for close to 4 dollars.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 01:41:28 | More by Revvy
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California

5/5  rDev +22.9%

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Connecticut

5/5  rDev +22.9%

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Missouri

5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 1,875 ratings.